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    by Published on 08-05-2013 05:22 PM

    Hello All,

    Some of you may be familiar with coming here to read news posts about what's new at Parallax and our travels around the world. That content is now being updated on the homepage of our new website!

    We've been very busy creating a new website to better showcase this type of information. If you'd like to see our recent news please visit our new website at www.parallax.com.




    Thanks!

    The Parallax Team
    by Published on 05-07-2013 09:50 PM

    Taiwan has been a fervent supporter of Parallax products for over six years. Our distributor, PlayRobot, does an excellent job supporting the local universities with their Parallax Certified Professional program. In Tawain, BASIC Stamps reign supreme!

    Last month, Ken & I presented our new Propeller C educational program to students and professors at three universities: National Tsing-Hwa University, National Chiao Tung University, and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. After all, it’s time for the Propeller to reign supreme! In total, we provided hands-on training to about 60 teachers and students, with very positive results.


    Ken presenting Parallax past, present, and future at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.


    Jessica briefly explaining Propeller architecture before the programming demo at National Chiao Tung University.


    The students at National Chiao Tung University were absorbed in the material. It was difficult to get them to stop experimenting with one example so that we could move on to the next!


    More hands-on training at National Chiao Tung University







    Of course each presentation ended with an ELEV-8 flying demonstration with Ken’s beast of a quadcopter. Amazingly each flight went flawlessly, considering all parts were stuck in customs until only hours before the presentation – leaving no time for a test flight.



    Ken explaining ELEV-8 flight dynamics to students at National Chiao Tung University.






    After each presentation, the hosting professors would graciously give us tours of their labs. There’s some very interesting and exciting research happening in Taiwan: from personal care robotics to coordinated aerial and ground-based robotics.



    Visiting the robotics lab at National Tsing-Hwa University, with a robot in development whose purpose is to serve tea. From Right to Left: Kai-Tai Song, Ph.D. (National Tsing-Hwa University), Jelly Wang (PlayRobot), Ken Gracey (Parallax Inc.), Robert Wang (PlayRobot), Jessica Uelmen (Parallax Inc.).



    Visiting the robotics lab at Taiwan Tech. From right to left: Jessica Uelmen (Parallax Inc.), Ken Gracey (Parallax Inc.), Min-Fan Ricky Lee Ph.D. (Taiwan Tech), Chang Yu-Law (Taiwan Tech), Robert Wang (PlayRobot), Jelly Wang (PlayRobot).






    In all, we’re very grateful to Robert and Jelly of PlayRobot for arranging such fantastic opportunities. We left each student and professor excited about and eager for our new Propeller Education program. Stay tuned for more information on that front!
    by Published on 03-28-2013 04:43 PM

    Parallax’s Engineering Technicians, Kevin and Nick, participated in the Multirotor Challenge 2013, put on by our friends at Innov8tive Designs. The event was held over the weekend (March 23 and 24) in Fallbrook, CA. As far as we know, this is the first of its kind in the U.S. For being a first time event there were a lot of people that took the time to participate and join this relatively new hobby.








    The days were packed with exciting events, like the lifting competitions, pylon racing, autonomous landings and obstacle courses. These events really demonstrated the diversity of these platforms and how far multirotors have come in the past few years, with remote landings within a couple feet from their original starting point; during less than ideal wind conditions. The piloting skills were also well presented at the obstacle course and pylon racing where three racers would fly head to head at full speed around a set of stationary poles. Let’s not forget about the night flight event with large strings of LED’s hanging from the sky that could be seen by commuters on Interstate 15.

    On Sunday, the last day of the event, awards were handed out for each of the events. Using Ken Gracey’s scaled up version of the ELEV-8 Quadcopter, Kevin and Nick won two trophies. One for “Largest Multirotor Flown” and the other for the “Deadlift Competition” where “The Beast”; as it’s called at Parallax, flew with an added 14.5 lbs!





    This event was well worth the drive to southern California to join the ever expanding community of multirotor flyers, we highly recommend putting it on your calendar for next year!
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